Rev. Edward Kickel
Summary of Case: Kickel was referred to as "The Feeler" for molesting girls during religion classes at St. Francis De Sales school. There were several complaints in 1950s - 1960s, but nothing was done. Teachers and parents held a meeting in 1969 to discuss how to protect the children from Monsignor Kickel. The pastor told them to keep quiet about it or they would go to hell. After a 2002 Plain Dealer article about a woman who disclosed having been abused by Kickel as a child and was denied payment for counseling by the diocese, several dozen women called the paper to say that Kickel had molested them, too. He died in 1972.
Cleveland bishop was Joseph Schrembs (1921-1945)
|Parish had a school with 752-863 students.|
|1926||1929||St. Joseph's (German)||Youngstown||OH||2/2, 2/3||Parish had a school with 407-410 students.|
|1929||1945||Holy Family||Cleveland||OH||2/3, 1/3, 1/2||Parish had an elementary school with 481-289 students, and a high school with 39-125 students.|
Edward Francis Hoban replaced Schrembs as bishop (1945-1966)
|1964||Diocesan School Board|
Following Hoban was Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974)
|1972||Diocesan Prosynodal Examiner|
|1945||1972||St. Francis De Sales||
• In 1999, a woman told the diocese that she had been molested by Kickel when she was a student in the 1960s at St. Francis De Sales. She asked the diocese to pay for her counseling, and auxilliary bishop Quinn turned her down. Dozens of other women told the Plain Dealer when this story broke in 2002 that they had been molested by Kickel as young schoolgirls in the late 1950s and 1960s as well. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
|OH||1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 2/4, 2/5||
Parish had a school with 384-2,544 students.
Kickel is referred to as "Monsignor" beginning in 1957.
Kickel died Dec. 13, 1972
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1924-1973)
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This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 11, 2009